Nick Easter is a former professional rugby union player, who played Number 8 for Orrell, Harlequins and the England national team. In the penultimate game of the 2013–14 season, against Bath, Nick became the most capped Harlequin in the professional era with 233 appearances. After 15 seasons, 54 international appearances and a record 281 appearances for Harlequins, Easter announced his retirement on 29 July 2016.
On 4 August 2007, Easter scored four tries as England beat Wales by a record 62–5 at Twickenham in a World Cup warm-up game. Easter was the first No.8 to score four tries in one match for England. He started 6 matches of the 2007 Rugby World Cup where he was a key influence in helping make the final. During the 2008 Six Nations, he was named the man of the match against France away in England’s 24–13 win. He also started all 5 matches of the 2009 Six Nations.
On the 2010 England tour to Australia he was named the man of the match in the second test victory 21–20, helping secure England’s first win down under for seven years. Later that year he captained his country during the autumn internationals against Samoa which England won 26–13. He won the 2011 Six Nations, despite England losing 24-8 to Ireland which meant they missed out on the grand slam. In spite of the defeat, however, he lifted the Six Nations trophy as England ended their 8-year wait for a title. He was involved in the 2011 Rugby Union World Cup and was reported to be the player to have reacted to England’s quarter-final defeat by France in Auckland by joking
“There’s £35k just gone down the toilet.”
Between 2012-2014, despite being regarded as the ‘best No. 8 in England’, he found his road into the England squad blocked, but during that time enjoyed success with Harlequins helping them to win the Amlin Cup in 2011 and the club’s first-ever English Premiership title in 2012 and LV Cup the following year.
After being in the international wilderness for just over three-years Nick was recalled to the England squad for the 2015 Six Nations. In the opening game, he came on as a substitute for England in their 21–16 win over Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. In the second game, he scored a try against Italy and thus became the oldest player ever to score for England. He won his 50th cap away to Ireland. After being overlooked for the initial 31-man England squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Easter was called up as an injury replacement for Billy Vunipola. He put in a Man of the Match performance in England’s final World cup game against Uruguay, scoring 3 tries.
Following his retirement from professional rugby, in July 2016, it was confirmed that Easter had been appointed as the new defence coach at Harlequins.
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When at corporate events, Nick is known to cover the following topics:
- Drive & Determination
- Peak Performance
- Sporting Success
- Rugby Premier League
- Six Nations
- Rugby World Cup